The coalition has ended the year still trailing Labor on a two-party preferred basis while Labor leader Bill Shorten has narrowed the gap as preferred leader in the final Newspoll for 2018.
Mr Shorten gained two points to 36 per cent as preferred prime minister while Liberal leader Scott Morrison dropped two points to 44 per cent, according to the Newspoll published in The Australian on Sunday night.
For the third consecutive poll Labor leads the Liberal-National coalition 55 to 45 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
The coalition’s primary vote is up one to 35 per cent with Labor’s primary also went up a point to 41 per cent.
One Nation ended the year with a primary vote of seven per cent – one point down on the previous Newspoll.
The Greens remained unchanged on nine per cent.